Writing Fiction Tip: Make Everything Worse For Your Hero

When you’re writing fiction, think worse. Make things so tough readers are convinced your main characters have no hope of overcoming their challenges. When they start a new novel, many authors begin with developing the protagonist; the hero/ main character. A great hero’s essential, right? Yes, he is. However, every hero needs something to fight: an antagonist—a dangerous enemy threatening … Read more

Kindle Vella (New): Amazon Publishes Your Serial Fiction

Amazon has launched a new publishing service, Kindle Vella, for serial fiction. Authors write serials, KDP publishes them; readers pay for serial episodes via “tokens.” As Amazon reports in the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Help files, currently Kindle Vella is only available to US-based authors. If you’re outside the US, I wouldn’t worry; Amazon launches in the US first, then … Read more

Content Marketing, SEO And Websites: 4 Practical Tips To Make Sales

In today’s business world, powerful strategies like content marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) help websites to get found and make sales. Neither is magic. To use the two strategies above, you need a foundation: you need to know what you’re selling and to whom you’re selling it. You’re relying on the search engines to get found by those who … Read more

Content Creation: 6 Unexpected Benefits From 20 Years Of Blogging

Many writers do a little content creation. Bloggers do a lot, especially if they’re blogging for companies, or if they’re focused on building a thriving business from their blogs. Recently I mentored a group of stressed content creators and bloggers. You might think that content creation is easy. How stressful can it be? The answer: it can be extremely stressful, … Read more

Writing Career: Do More With Journaling

Want to improve your writing career? The best tip I can give you is: keep a journal. What you write in your journal is up to you. (Scroll down to read about the various kinds of journals.) When I chat about journals with my writing students, many can’t see the point. If they’re novelists, they want to get on with … Read more